Basin and Range Cardiff Primaloft Insulated Jacket - Men's

A dawn patrol partner that won't whine.

Getting up before dawn to skin up a mountain in the dark may seem miserable, but it's all worth it when the morning light illuminates your line just as you rip skins. But before you get there, you're going to need something that will keep you warm until you heat up on the skintrack, and the Basin and Range Men's Cardiff Primaloft Insulated Jacket is more than obliged to do so. Its Primaloft insulation maintains its ability to insulate when wet, so you can wear it on both the up and the down without worrying about it doing more harm than good. The polyester ripstop fabric won't tear easily when you're breaking trail through the trees and is treated with a DWR finish to repel moisture from snow flurries and misty morning belays. 

  • Polyester ripstop
  • DWR finish
  • 60g Primaloft Silver insulation
  • Regular fit
  • Attached hood
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great for camping

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

This is a perfect jacket to throw on once the sun goes down up in the mountains. It will not take up too much space in your pack, whether you're backpacking or car camping. I have been very happy with all of my Basin & Range gear so far!

Great value

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

Got this jacket a few weeks ago as a replacement for my lightweight down jacket used as my early season insulating layer. I've been very impressed so far, but probably won't be put to the test until September elk season (the brown blends in very well for non-camo). The fit was a little small, @ 5'10" 150# with long arms, I'm usually a medium but had to send it back for a large. The zipper is also on the wrong side, but if you're the dad of a little girl, you're probably already used to the wrong-way zipper.

Thanks for this review, Adam. It's so helpful for our community.

Go-to jacket for 50-60F, no campfires!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Perfect for when the weather's in the 50's to low 60's. Medium fits my rock climber frame perfectly. I first opted for the small but it was too tight around my 30-32" waist. My only quibble is that you have to be careful with this jacket around campfires - I was surprised by how readily embers burned holes in the outer layer. Definitely not something I'd take on a camping trip.

Awesome sauce!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

This jacket came in the mail today…. during a blizzard. So I instantly put it on to knock snow off the satellite dish. Well not only can I now watch "The hangover part 2" on cable, I can do it in style! Fit is athletic without being constricting, and the drawcord hem is a big selling point too. Great color, fitted hood, and really light weight. Can't wait to take it to the mall / climbing / drinking / feeding penguins / poetry slams.

This jacket is giving me faith in primaloft, which I have poo - poo'd for years as a down snob.

Lightweight and Toasty

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I bought this as an everyday jacket for early spring and cool summer nights. I was surprised how warm it is given how thin it is. Will be easy to stuff into a pack for camping trips. Could be useful as a mid-layer on cold ski days as well. Didn't get 5 stars due to the outer shell isn't super tuff and seems like it would rip easier than other jackets I've owned. Overall it fits good and is living up to what I expected.

durable and warm puffy that fits great

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this as a gift for my brother in law and he loves it! He said a lot of puffy coats out there seem to run really short on the body, but this does a good job. The arms are made for someone with guns bigger than his, but he's pretty trim. He wears this on a chilly bike ride to work. When it warms up this jacket easily gets stuffed into a bag and won’t take up much space.

Light and warm

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I got this has a gift for a friend up in Seattle and he loves it! Especially for those wet cold days commuting to work. Recently he took it climbing and says that is awesome since it breaths and is light but still keeps him warm. This is a great gift for someone who like to have a great all around layer that can go from the outdoors, straight to the office.

great jacket with warranty!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

Size: I'm 5'10 but pretty slim at 145 lbs. I ordered a small and it fits GREAT. Very good looking jacket and its both light and warm!

I got one in November and used it quite extensively for about 3 months, and then a little spot on the wrist started to tear through, I think it was from the zipper-holder on the front pocket constantly catching the wrist when I would take my hands out of the pockets. I asked Emily about it, and they honored the warranty and sent me a shipping label and got me a new one in two days for free.

I will say they might have changed the size on the arms a little bit, I saw the comment about the arms being a bit large and I hadn't noticed that at all on my first one, but the second one seems a bit looser in the arms, but it still fits great. Highly recommend.

Thanks for this thorough review, Sean. It's much appreciated!

A lot to like about this jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I bought this jacket because it looked like it would have a great fit, overall good value, and quality features. I am 5'11" and weigh 145lbs so am quite thin and relatively tall and ordered a small.

Pros and Cons:
-Great fit in the body and the length is good (I find a lot of jackets are too short - looking at you arcteryx atom lt). However the arms for the coat are a little large. I workout quite a bit and anyone who could fit into the body of this jacket could not possibly fill the arms on this jacket. They aren't terrible but it could be better especially if you wanted to use this as a layering piece. I was surprised to see no one else mention this in all of the current reviews.
- The pictures for the Basin and Range clothing really make them "look" like the have a great fit. I find this is hit or miss with the brand. Don't necessarily believe the hype of the pictures. They are staged to look that way.
-lightweight but very warm - 60g primaloft
-water beads right up on the coat although I find the texture of the fabric keeps it from rolling off. However a little shake and the coat is completely dry.
- I would have liked to see a sturdier material lining the collar and upper zipper to give the collar and hood a better shape and flop around less but that's just me being picky.

Overall I would recommend this coat as it offers a good value and quality product. I would like to see a better fit and was hopping this would be my go to brand for a more tailored look but I find the fit is hit or miss depending on the item and they definitely are not as tailored as the pictures make them out to be.

Great Jacket

    This jacket fits perfectly. It does a great job of blocking the wind and works great by itself. It also fits comfortably under my outdoor research soft shell without binding or bunching up. It's very similar to an arcteryx atom.

    Great Around Town Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: M

    I've had this jacket for four months now and still love it. It's the perfect all-purpose jacket to wear around Park City, whether going on a hike after work or going out on main, the jacket fits in and keeps you warm. Skied with this a bit during the early season and the left chest pocket actually came in handy, before that I wasn't quite sure what to use it for.

    Only down side for men is that the zipper is on the wrong side.

    As advertised!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    The Zipper is on the Left side, which is odd, however beyond that this jacket works as advertised and has been my daily go to. I broke it in on a 9-mile hike this winter. The jacket breathes well and kept me warm although I started to sweat it up. I was also able to easily bundle it up and store it.

    I got this on sale and recommend it as a right-price alternative for daily to outdoor adventures.

    Good light weight jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    It fits very slightly small. My only complaint really is the zipper is on the wrong side for a mens jacket. Left hand zip throws me off every time.

    Warm on the Coast

    The Cardiff has become my go-to insulated jacket for shooting on the coast of Lake Superior this winter. Even with the bone-chilling winds, it keeps me comfortable and warm.

    Warm on the Coast

    Couple questions about the jacket-
    Is it windproof?
    What does the large weigh?

    Does it pack into a pocket or come with a stuff sack? If so, how small does it pack down? thanks.

    Hey Clint,



    1. Yes, it is windproof. The ripstop polyester is enough to keep out all but the strongest gale force winds. I use it for skiing and have never had any wind chill issues.



    2. I don't have access to a fine scale, but the medium weighs 14 oz. so I would guess the large is no more than 2 or 3 ounces heavier. Either way, I can tell you this jacket is super light.



    3. No, it does not have a stuff sack included and it is not meant to pack into it's own pocket, however for reference, I have included a picture which shows the jacket about as stuffed into it's pocket as I could get it. As you can see, it fits almost completely, leaving just the sleeve and a bit more. I've also included my ski pass which is about the size of a credit card for size reference.

    Hey Clint,

1. Yes, it is windproof. The ripstop polyester is enough to keep out all but the strongest gale force winds. I use it for skiing and have never had any wind chill issues.

2. I don't have access to a fine scale, but the medium weighs 14 oz. so I would guess the large is no more than 2 or 3 ounces heavier. Either way, I can tell you this jacket is super light.

3. No, it does not have a stuff sack included and it is not meant to pack into it's own pocket, however for reference, I have included a picture which shows the jacket about as stuffed into it's pocket as I could get it. As you can see, it fits almost completely, leaving just the sleeve and a bit more. I've also included my ski pass which is about the size of a credit card for size reference.

    Exceeding Expectations

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I purchased this jacket with the intention of using it for skiing. I don't really go into the backcountry, so a cheap jacket suits me just fine. I din't really expect much from this jacket, to be honest but it's definitely performing well. I took it up to the slopes all last week and it's warmer than I had anticipated. I wear nothing but a t-shirt and a thermal weight hoodie and sometimes it's a bit too warm (although it's worth noting that it's been around mid to low 30s and I have a fairly aggressive style of skiing).

    As for waterproofing, it's definitely not something you would want to be buried in the snow in, but it shakes off moisture just fine.

    Five Star Synthetic layer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    The Cardiff Primaloft Insulated Jacket is Basin and Range's synthetic layer. Basin and Range is Backcountry.com's signature line of gear (kinda like the REI co-op brand but with higher quality materials). But we will get back to that later, first the jacket:

    The jacket has a slim athletic fit, and has become my go to piece for cold weather hiking, biking, and camping. I'm looking forward to testing its metal once the ski season gets going. The jacket is warm enough for frosty mornings, and makes a great mid layer when the snow/sleet/rain is coming down. It sheds heat decently, but if you need a synthetic layer that you can really sweat in, look into a fleece. This will keep you much warmer than a fleece.

    The advantage of a synthetic material such as primaloft is that it will stay warm even when it's wet, unlike down which will clump up and fail to retain heat. Synthetic insulation will also dry much faster than down (if you've ever spent a miserable night in a wet down sleeping bag you know how important drying time can be).

    The chest pocket on this thing is awesome. It's not very deep, a little bigger than a balled up fist. I am always throwing my keys in there for some reason.

    My favorite part about the jacket? The logo is discrete, and not in the traditional location. While Basin and Range does still brand the jacket with their logo, its on the lower portion of the garment and isn't ostentatious.

    The major benefit to choosing Basin and Range over say Arc'teryx or Patagonia (two great companies making top of the line outerwear) is the lower price of goods without loss of quality. Because Backcountry is both the manufacturer and the distributor of this line of gear, they can cut cost without skimping on materials, saving the customers money.

    Check out the competition from Patagonia and Arcteryx:

    Patagonia Nano-Air: 299.00
    http://www.backcountry.com/patagonia-nano-air-insulated-hooded-jacket-mens

    Arc'teryx Atom LT: 248.95
    http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-atom-lt-hooded-insulated-jacket-mens

    The quality of the Patagonia and Arc'teryx jackets is spoken for by their brand names alone(not to mention that each has 20+ five star reviews on this site), but that's what you pay for, quality materials and a solid brand name that stands behind their product.

    So if you can find those two things elsewhere, why not pay less?

    Backcountry's signature line of gear is the real deal.

    Five Star Synthetic layer

    Cardiff Insulated

    Cardiff Insulated

    Chest Pocket

    Chest Pocket

    Insulated

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    The Basin and Range Cardiff Primaloft Insulated jacket is a great first insulated offering from this new brand. The fit is true to size but like the Silver Fork soft shell, the waist fits a tad snug but not uncomfortable at all. Primaloft Silver 60g keeps things warm and light.



    There are two zippered hand warmer pockets and one zippered chest pocket. The hand warmer pockets felt a little shallow and to get the full warmth of the pocket I had to make a fist. If the pocket went all the way to the zipper seam it would help. For reference I do not have huge paws (size large gloves). There is also a smaller sleeve pocket in the right pocket that you phone could fit in. The chest zippered pocket felt a bit high and I could not open it without two hands. The pocket required me to use one to stabilize the top of the zipper and one to pull it open (down).



    A soft layer of fleece protects your face from the zipper. Added comfort can be found in the soft trim around the cuffs and hood. The overall cut is great and the Cardiff jacket can easily be layered under a shell jacket. I look forward to using this jacket throughout the colder seasons.

    Insulated

    Hey Steve, can you post a photo for sizing reference?

    Hi Reid, yes working on that!